Sean McAdam has a very interesting piece about the Red Sox working to keep their starting pitchers rested and refreshed so they're better able to withstand the demands of October. He wrote it on the same day Paul Kenyon was reporting (and demonstrating) from Pawtucket how the organization has, in the words of director of amateur scouting Jason McLeod, "implemented a system, and everybody's bought into it at every level." The underlying theme -- of both stories -- is that the Red Sox' focus goes beyond winning individual games, and toward building a structure that gives the major-league team the greatest chance for sustained, and sustainable, success. And, as it happens, we simultaneously have Filip Bondy of the New York Daily News writing about the other end of this spectrum: Yankee manager Joe Girardi overusing his aging core players in an attempt to avoid falling too far behind in the postseason races ...Kevin Youkilis spoke at length about his post-AB behaviour:
I've had a couple teammates tell me don't think about it. You do what you do. There's other people told me, you need to tone this down. ... That's something I've been battling, and it probably will be a battle. ... I think the hardest thing is it doesn't change overnight.Manny Ramirez is questionable for left field tomorrow night in Cincinnati. ... Daisuke Matsuzaka will make a rehab start for Pawtucket on Monday. ... Jacoby Ellsbury's 29 stolen bases are the most by an under-25 Red Sox player since Buddy Myer, 24, stole 30 in 1928.
Corporate Welfare At Its Best: In New York, the Yankees have demanded an additional $350 million to finish their new ball park. ... Memo to Steinbrenners: Use your own money.